Ski Schools in Val d’Isère
Learn to ski in Val d’Isère
Together with the ski resort in Tignes, Val d’Isère forms the huge ski area Espace Killy, named after the alpine skiing champion Jean-Claude Killy. The ski resort of Val d’Isère is located in the French Tarentaise valley, in the department of Savoy, and also happens to be in the beautiful Vanoise National Park. Vacationists can reach the ski schools in Val d’Isère in approximately 2.5h from Grenoble and 3h from Lyon or Geneva. What is more, Val d’Isère is also the host city of the yearly FIS Ski World Cup, also called “Critérium de la Première Neige”, “race of the first snow” in English.
In Val d’Isère, vacationists can ski on altitudes going from 1800m to 3000m. Skiers can discover numerous slopes on the following mountains: Solaise (2560m), Rocher du Charvet (2856m), Pointe du Montet (3428m), Signal de l’Iséran (3241m), Pointe de l’Ouillette (3082m) and the Pissaillas glacier. These high altitudes almost guarantee good snow conditions in the entire area.
As the majority of the slopes are easy, the resort is very beginner-friendly. In fact, even beginners can ski as high as experienced skiers in Val d’Isère, as blue slopes can be found on the Col de l’Iséran (2762m), and a whole area on the Rocher de Bellevarde (2827m) is covered in green slopes. All of this makes the conditions and the environment simply perfect for the ski schools in Val d’Isère and their students. However, experienced skiers also have a high number of red and black slopes at their disposition.
The ski schools in Val d’Isère give special attention to beginners. Participants are split into small groups in order for the instructor to be able to watch and help each skier individually. Consequently, beginners quickly gain in self-confidence and manage to make their first turns successfully. The ski schools in Val d’Isère have their meeting points in Val d’Isère Village or in La Daille, either at their respective office or directly at the bottom of the slopes.
Kids can learn to ski from the age of 4. The little skiers are placed in groups of 8 skiers maximum, corresponding to their age and experience level. The youngest skiers can slowly get used to their equipment in the kids’ area, a 100% secured zone adapted to kids. The area is, in fact, equipped with a magic carpet. With the help of their instructor and many friendly mascots, kids learn to make their first turns here. Children with more skiing experience can discover the resort’s easy slopes. In some ski schools in Val d’Isère, kids under 4 can also learn to ski, on condition that they participate in a try-out session first.
The best ski schools in Val d’Isère
Evolution 2 Val d’Isère: The instructors in this ski school do their job with passion and also offer numerous lessons.
SnoCool: The main strength and focus of this ski school founded in 1998 definitely is private lessons.
ESF Val d’Isère: This school was founded in 1936 and is one the oldest ski schools in Val d’Isère. With over 80 years of experience, Frank Trioullier’s team offers high-quality lessons.
École de Ski 333: A mix of passion and professionalism characterises this ski school which is a member of the ESI network.
TopSki: This school was founded in 1976 and offers ski private lessons.
That’s special about ski lessons in Val d’Isère
Val d’Isère has a lot of challenges to offer to experienced skiers. The legendary Face de Bellevarde which served as a setting for the 1992 Winter Olympics, for example, or the mogul run on the Solaise mountain. Val d’Isère is also one of the best places in the world to practice freeriding. That is why the ski schools in Val d’Isère often offer private freeride lessons.
Summer skiing is also possible in Val d’Isère. Thanks to the Pissaillas glacier, the slopes on the Pointe du Montet - the highest mountain accessible from Val d’Isère – generally are covered in snow and offer good skiing conditions during the months of June and July.
Lastly, the connection to the ski resort in Tignes multiplies the possibilities of discovering new skiing grounds.